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March 17, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(11):695-696. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460110055018

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Senator Gallinger, the ostensible sponsor of the anti-vivisection bill, already noticed in The Journal, has introduced another bill in the Senate which is in some respects remarkable. It is entitled "A Bill for the Regulation of Scientific Experiments upon Human Beings in the District of Columbia," and prohibits, under heavy penalty, all experimentation on human beings "involving pain, distress, or risk to life and health, whether by administration of poisonous drugs for the purpose of ascertaining their toxicity, by inoculating the germs of disease, by grafting cancerous tumor into healthy tissues, or by performance of any surgical operation for any other object than the amelioration of the patient, except subject to the restriction and regulations hereinafter described." These restrictions and regulations are similar to those proposed for scientific vivisection, except that the intended victim must be of sound and consenting mind and give his written permission, duly sworn to and

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